State Parks Blog

Owen Smith

For rangers, their park is their baby. They guide how it grows and try to protect it from danger, just like a parent would. For many of the male park rangers, their fatherly duties extend beyond the park and into the home. Which is also ON the park.

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Owen Smith

The Little White House Historic Site is now showing a newly updated exhibit showcasing the Unfinished Portrait and three accompanying studies. Why is this regarded as one of the most famous and emotionally charged American presidential portraits?

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Owen Smith

The perfect Okefenokee 3-day trip at Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross, Georgia.

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Owen Smith

Fort Mountain Sunset

It is 9 a.m. and you find yourself about 2 miles into the 8-mile Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain. The sound of the wind rustling through the leaves has your mind in a deep state of thought.

“Should I buy a boat?”
“How long could I survive on cereal and milk?”
“Murder hornets?”

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By Irina Garner, Interpretive Ranger

Spring Place, Georgia, July 7, 2020 - The Chief Vann House has been the hot topic of conversation for many Spring Place citizens this June. Many readers have witnessed the archaeological crews doing excavation on Alt-52 near the God’s Acre Cemetery and the Vann House. It has long been known that James Vann, wealthy Cherokee plantation owner and merchant, built his 800-acre plantation more than 200 years ago and that his family welcomed the construction of the first school to Cherokee children, the Springplace Mission and School. However, there are extremely few maps and even fewer physical remains of this school and plantation to help us understand the people who first called Spring Place home.

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